Ann Fleming had been a full-time professional potter for over twenty-five years, specializing in highly decorated functional ware and architectural work such as tile, sinks and lighting. In 2004, feeling the years of the physical demands of pottery and longing for change, Ann sculpted her first figurative piece in clay. Though sculptural elements have been strong throughout her career, there had to be a practicality or utility to her work. Even though it was the first time in a very long time she felt she was doing something totally non-functional, she soon realized her new sculptural work did indeed have a function: it told a story.
Through the urging of friends, Ann had her first three pieces cast in a resin stone composite. She then had her first five pieces taken to bronze in 2006. She is drawn to the beautiful permanence of bronze, which is unlike clay or composite, and this will remain the material of choice for her.
Ann is a lifelong resident of Oregon. She works in a studio at her home where she lives with her son, Casey. She received her training and a Bachelor’s degree in art and teaching from Portland State University, and went on to earn her Master’s degree in the same fields from Lewis and Clark College. Ann taught full time after college, but her studio work was a calling she could not ignore.
Ann is active in her professional community, having served as president of the Oregon Potter’s Association. She also served as chairman of the “OPA Showcase,” which is a nationally renowned and unique show featuring artists who work in clay. She was the Chair of “Art in the Pearl,” a premium Arts and Crafts event in Portland, Oregon and has remained on the board for over ten years. Ann has taught at many levels, with her last position at Oregon College
of Arts and Crafts.